Calls to Artists

The Cultural Arts Division commssions and exhibits works of art through its various programs. From permanent, public art installations managed by the Art in Public Places Program, to the annual People's Gallery Exhibitions at Austin City Hall, a range of opportunities are available for both emerging and established artists.

See list below for all current opportunities:

Current Art in Public Places Calls to Artists

LaunchPAD (public art mentorship program)

Image: STEN LEX, Accordian (2016) at Seaholm EcoDistrict


Calls to Organizations

The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division is putting out a call for exceptional creative placemaking projects to endorse for the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.

ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places– achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and design into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. The objective of successful Our Town projects is Strengthening Communities: Provide opportunities for the arts to be integrated into the fabric of community life.

Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. To this end, it is vital to have partners in sectors outside the arts world (food, transportation, energy, etc).

Familiarize yourself with the Our Town eligibility requirements and especially what they do not fund. The City of Austin will not endorse any project that does not meet these requirements.

Please note, the National Endowment for the Arts limits the number of Our Town grant applicants per city (2) and requires a letter of endorsement from the Mayor. CAD will assist in getting the Mayor's letter for the selected candidates. This is a competitive process, so please do your research and present a well thought-out project.

Support Resources:

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Our Town can be found here.
  • The NEA is hosting a live "Tips for a Successful Our Town Application" webinar on June 24, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time featuring an overview presentation followed by a Q&A session. Click here to register for the upcoming webinar and for an archive of the webinar after it is concluded

DEADLINE FOR ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION: MONDAY, JULY 8th, 5:00 PM
We will notify applicants selected for City of Austin endorsement by Thursday, July 11th. Please note Submission to the National Endowment for the Arts is a two part process. Part 1 is due August 8th to grants.gov and Part 2 is submitting the full application in the window of August 13-20th.